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Don't Be a Sneetch, Come to Staff Appreciation Week!

May 5, 2015

The 2015 Staff Appreciation Week at UC Merced is May 18 through May 22

At UC Merced, staff members will shriek
‘It’s time for Staff Appreciation Week!’

Held annually in May, it is true
That the week is a big ‘thanks’ for the work staff members do.

The theme this year, if you haven’t deduced,
Is based on the writings of Dr. Seuss.

Fun events planned involve games, hikes and snacks,
And silly antics by campus leaders in kayaks.

The week culminates with a big picnic feast
Of tasty offerings that rival roast beast.

After the meal, Staff Assembly will afford
Five hard-working people with Staff Excellence Awards.

Nominated by peers, the awards recognize
Staff members’ work contributions with thanks and a prize.

More fun is planned all through the week
With a wellness fair and UC Walks — an event that will move your feet.

There’s one other thing this year that’s new
Another pursuit staff members can do.

UC Merced's deans had fun during last year's race.They can play Find the Cat in the Hat
A hunt that can take searchers there and back.

A life-size cutout of the Cat
Will be placed around campus, imagine that!

Those who find him must snap a pic
With themselves and the Cat, then post it, quick.

The first three to post their pics on Twitter or Instagram
Earn a prize that beats green eggs and ham.

That game will take place from Tuesday to Thursday
And off-campus folks will, too, get to play.

Staff members enjoy the annual picnic.Also on sale, to help a student in need:
Lemonade bars! Frozen! No seeds!

The proceeds all go to a scholarship
for college-bound child of a staff member, and that’s no quip.

All the events are posted online
So get ready for fun and to have a good time.

Staff Appreciation Week comes once a year,
And when it does, staff members, for you, we cheer!

UC Merced’s 2015 Staff Appreciation Week is May 18 to 22.

The full schedule of events includes a Green Eggs and Spam breakfast, barn and vernal pools and grassland hikes, staff games and more.

Please note that space is limited to 20 people for the barn hike and vernal pools and grasslands tours. Sign-ups will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Links to sign up for the tours will be distributed via Happenings on May 12 and 14.

The kayak race featuring campus leaders takes place at Little Lake from 11 a.m. to noon May 22, before the Staff Appreciation Picnic. Campus leaders who are confirmed to participate include: vice chancellors Dan Feitelberg, Kyle Hoffman, Charles Nies, Michael Reese and Sam Traina; Dean Juan Meza, interim Dean Erik Rolland, and Professor Nella Van Dyke, who will represent Dean Mark Aldenderfer. Vice Provost and Graduate Dean Marjorie Zatz will represent Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Tom Peterson.

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For more information regarding Staff Appreciation Week, email staffassembly@ucmerced.edu.